I'm looking for a new bike for riding to work and getting around the city. My commute to work is pretty tame compared to the ones I'm reading about on this forum. My office is about 2 miles away and only takes me about 15 mins. in city traffic. Most of my trips are in the 2 mile range and there are a lot of minor hills that are not too severe for the average bike, but my current raleigh 3-speed just isn't cutting it. I want a bike that is light enough for me to easily get it on the bus bike rack, comfortable enough that I actually ride it and cool enough that I feel ok spending a nice chunk of change on.
I went to my local bike shop and narrowed it down to two bikes that I like. One is the specialized vita (http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34180) and the other the allez or dolce (women's version). I liked that the vita was more upright for riding around the city and seemed easier to control, but I also like that the allez was FAST. A couple of days later, my boss, who had just bought a new Felt road bike, dislocated his elbow and broke his other arm when an oncoming car turning left failed to yield for him. yikes. That pretty much scared me into not getting a road bike because the aggressive seating position makes me feel like its harder to break and control.
So I'm looking at these two bikes and can't really tell the difference other than one has fewer spokes than the other:
Specialized vita: http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=34180
Trek 7.5 fx wsd: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...th/fx/75fxwsd/
The trek is more $$$ and I'm willing to spend that if it's a better value. I'd like to hear your thoughts on these bikes or any other that you would recommend. Here's the criteria in a nutshell:
*Light: Need to be able to carry this around the subway and put it on bus bike racks
*Easy to control and brake: cars are stupid
*Rack friendly: I like having the space to put my groceries and bag on the back
*Fast: and can handle hills ok
*Value: willing to pay more for better parts but don't really know which parts are better
*Price range: up to $800
Thanks for your thoughts!